Locomotive News March 2014

Work on restoring Andrew Barclay fireless locomotive number 1952 of 1928 is progressing satisfactorily, and there is a real possibility that it will steam in 2014. At the moment most of the cladding on the steam receiver is in place. The valve gear has all been re-assembled. Cylinder cladding has been installed. The cab sides and bunkers are ready to be mounted; the cab roof still has some cosmetic work to be completed. Side rods are ready to go on.

Meantime, work has begun to prepare Number 10 for its annual boiler examination. No problems are anticipated.

On the diesel front, the gearbox repairs to the Powfoot Barclay (AB 347/1941) are complete, and it is now a reliable runner. The Sentinel has also been running well recently. Unfortunately the “big Barclay” (BP Number 7, AB 399/1959) continues to have problems, in spite of all the work that has been done; although the engine runs there is a serious lack of power, and at the moment we don’t know why. A diesel engine expert has been called in to review the matter.

The cosmetic restoration of Ruston and Hornsby 224352/1943 is complete and the locomotive is back outside the shed for static display.

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